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Evardone Assumes Office, vows house cleaning

Eastern Samar Governor, Ben Evardone, takes his Oath of Office at the Provincial Capitol, July 1, 2019. (Alren Beronio / Este News)

BORONGAN CITY, July 2, 2019—The new Eastern Samar Governor committed to clean the ranks at the provincial government as he took his oath of office Monday.

In his inaugural address, Governor Ben Evardone, vowed to release an executive order that mandates for the recall of some employees from their current posts to their original designations and offices.

As part of the house-keeping, he will request the Commission on Audit (COA) to conduct special audit of the funds of the Special Areas for Agricultural Development (SAAD).

The fund of the said project was granted by the Department of Agriculture to Eastern Samar being one of the beneficiary provinces.

He cited reports that some beneficiary farmers did not receive any of the grant.

He also requested COA to conduct investigation on the implementation of the Konkreto at Ayos na LanSAngan DAan Tungo sa Pangkalahatang Kaunlaran (KALSADA), a program of the Department of Interior and Local Government for the construction of provincial roads.

“I am also asking the COA to conduct special audit on the KALSADA funds, because I know that they were bided out to private contractors but the private contractors used the heavy equipment and other facilities of the province which is an anomaly” Evardone disclosed in his speech.

Evardone furthered that investigation will also be conducted on the purchase of medicines after having received complaints of the unavailability of medicines in provincial hospitals.

He disclosed his plan to meet the Provincial Health Board to draft health agenda for the province.    

He said he will work closely the newly elected Congresswoman Maria Fe Abunda to prioritize development of in upstream barangays that still lack access road, water and basic services.

Evardone assumes the Office of the Governor after serving nine years in Congress.

Earlier he has served two consecutive terms as the provincial governor.  (Este News / Aboy Abayan, with reports from Eden Cidro)

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